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Predators were hard to beat at home

by John Kreiser
Advantage Margin: -3
More than most teams, the Predators like to play 5-on-5 -- they were in the bottom seven in power plays drawn (269) and allowed (272).

Special Teams Goal Margin: +3
Nashville's penalty-killers tied New Jersey and Los Angeles for the fewest goals allowed at home (17). The power play was next-to-last in goals scored on the road (17).

Goals by defensemen: 37
Shea Weber matched his 16 goals from 2009-10 and had a career-high 48 points. However, the Predators will miss Cody Franson, who scored 8 goals despite playing in the shadow of Weber and Ryan Suter.


Category Rank (Conference)
2010-11 Points 99 (5th West/10th NHL)
Change from 2009-10 -1
Home Points 56 (2nd West/3rd NHL)
Road Points 43 (8th West/15th NHL)
Overtime Record
Total: 8-7-4 OT: 2-7 SO: 6-4

The Predators didn't do a good job of sending their fans home happy in games that went past regulation. Nashville was just 1-5 in overtime and 2-3 in shootouts at Bridgestone Arena.

Times Scored First: 43
Record: 30-5-8

Nashville lost only once in regulation in the 22 home games in which it scored first, but tied for the League lead by losing six of those games in overtime or a shootout.

Best 2010-11 Number: 88
Goals allowed by the Predators at home, the fewest of any team in the NHL. Nashville outscored opponents 114-88 at Bridgestone Arena, including 37-21 in the first period.

Worst 2010-11 Number: .462
Nashville's winning percentage in one-goal games. The Predators were 18-10-11 in one-goal games, giving them the second-worst winning percentage among playoff teams. In contrast, they were 19-10 (.655) in games decided by three or more goals.
The Predators face a tough start, with five of their first seven on the road and a pair of five-game trips sandwiching a five-game stint at Bridgestone Arena -- all by Dec. 1, after which they play 14 of 19 at home. No homestand or road trip the rest of the way is longer than four games.
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